Aidan Salakhova's art provides a very unique approach to the topic of domination. Her work is increasingly dominated by sexual euphemisms, which could be translated into the domination of one gender over the other. The Azerbaijani artist combines the role of the woman and the social domination of the male gender in Eastern society. This, juxtaposed with her phallic sculptures suggesting male control provides a clear message of dominance and irony in the context of gender issues.
“Opium Wars” 110 x 80 oil on canvas.
Being part of such a radical movement from the Bulgarian 90’s art scene, Svilen Stefanov maintains a recurring theme and feeling for irony in his pieces. Paintings such as Critic with Pink Tongue is charged with irony aimed towards religion. The critic reminds the viewer of the figure of Jesus Christ and his role as a critic of humanity over the centuries.
Brian Dailey is an American artist whose body of work bears an array of political and social aspects. The issue of domination and power can very lucidly be observed in his series Tableau Vivant. Dailey creates composite photo-based images that portray a narrative that includes pose, gesture and interaction that suggests the subjects’ dominated or dominative nature. In this series, the artist used stage design, props, actors, theatrical lighting and composite imagery to create complex scenes.